During MCO, everyone is concerned with making a living, one way or another. That includes vice dens, apparently.
These businesses have created ways to continue operating even during the lockdown. However, DBKL has been hot on their trail and are hard at work closing massage parlours offering prostitution activities.
These illegal parlours operated secretly during MCO by making their bookings through social media apps. They also boasted various discounts to retain their loyal customers. The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) public relations officer Hassan Azhari Abu Bakar stated they used several tactics to disguise ongoing activities at the premises.
“Usually, the front door of the premise looks to be shut and (the shop) does not seem to be operating. However, they are still carrying out activities inside,” he explained. “They may use special passwords and secret codes, while regular customers are allowed to pass through the front or back door of the premises.”
The most recent raid by DBKL took place in Taman Sungai Besi and Jalan Raden Bagus, Kuala Lumpur on Saturday night (6th February). After receiving public complaints, DBKL conducted an investigation and gathered intelligence before raiding the areas.
Both massage parlours had no home business license and various equipment such as closed-circuit television (CCTV) and items for sexual activities were confiscated. A total of 13 female masseuses, suspected to be sex workers from Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, were taken into custody. Two locals, who were acting as guards, were also apprehended.
Previously, DBKL successfully shut down another operation at Wisma Setapak, Jalan Genting Klang. Five Vietnamese women masseurs were detained to verify their travel documents and the store was closed in accordance with Section 101 (1) (v) of the Local Government Act 1976.
The operations of such businesses during MCO may spread Covid-19, especially among foreign workers.